Lofoten islands holidays: There are places in this world that trigger in the body of this exciting tingling tension of anticipation. Lofoten islands in Northern Norway is one of them. We have long dreamed of a Lofoten vacation. Where unspoiled nature meets picturesque fishing villages on deep blue fjords, natural spectacles such as Northern Lights and Midnight Sun provide incredible wonder and lure unforgettable experiences.
80 gorgeous islands as in the picture book
await you on the Lofoten islands. When the sun shines out of the sky in clear
air, the Norwegian archipelago shows its most beautiful side. Even if
there are nine months of Winter here, the islands unfold extraordinary magic,
especially in this season.
The rough rocks are covered by a glittering
layer of snow, the Blue of the sky and the water emits an intense and warm the
fishermen’s huts, even more, coziness comes
Once you’ve set foot on the Lofoten islands,
your unforgettable charm will enchant you. Speaking of food, did you know that
Lofoten means “Lynx foot“? “Lofot” is the original
name of the island Vestvågøy, and with some imagination, you can see a foot in
the outlines of the island chain.
For us the most charming of all villages:
Hamnøy. This oldest fishing village of lofoten islands consists of only a few
houses, most of which are original fishing huts. We also stayed two nights in
one of these dark red wooden houses and were able to observe from the window
fascinating how the sun immerses the surrounding mountains in a gentle, northern
lights in the evening.
Beautiful accommodation in Hamnøy for your
Lofoten islands holidays
Eliassen Rorbuer Resort is the perfect place to
experience the history of Lofoten. Because here in the traditional fishing huts
(Rorbuer), where fishermen from all over the country used to sleep during the
world’s largest Cod festival, you also spend wonderful nights. Two bedrooms, some
with bunk beds, a living room including a kitchen and a bathroom with
underfloor heating provide pleasant comfort. Some cabins offer fantastic views
of the Reinefjord, Hamnøy Harbour and the surrounding mountains.
By the way, you can find such Rorbuer in almost
every place on Lofoten. They are probably the most beautiful way to delve into
the history of the archipelago.
Just a few meters from Eliassen Rorbuer, the
restaurant Krambua is hidden. If you like to fish, you can here, among other
things, catch fresh halibut, anglerfish or cod. But also our reindeer stew was
simply delicious! In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant’s historic
location is unique. The house dates back to 1882 and was formerly used as a Post
office, prayer house, and drugstore.
Today, the restaurant exudes above all one
Along with the warm nature of the owner, Micke,
and Noemi the perfect base for a wonderful evening during your lofoten
package holidays in Krambua. How hospitable the two are, was shown during
our visit. I had only asked for a tip for the best cinnamon nodes of Lofoten,
since Micke immediately offered to bake these very fresh especially for us and
to let us participate in the production process.
After a short time, the seductive scent of
cinnamon and cardamom filled the Restaurant, and we were allowed to taste the
warm, sweet particles. So, if you visit Krambua, then like to give the two dear
greetings from the two German cinnamon knot lovers!
Only one bridge separates the small island of
Sakrisøy from Hamnøy. As soon as we get out of the car, one immediately becomes
noticeable: the smell of fish. The reason for this is clear. Countless fish and
fish heads hang here from February to April on specially constructed wooden
frames. The Skrei Cod or even stockfish is dried in the months of the wintry
cold. This tradition of preservation dates back to the Vikings. The heads of
the codfish, on the other hand, are exported to Nigeria and used there for
special fish soup.
The special charm of this fishing village,
but it’s color
Most of the wooden houses, partly standing on
stilts, are painted here in a cheerful good-mood-yellow. Also known from Social
Media, the yellow house in front of a majestic mountain is located here. It is
by no means lonely and far away from the other houses, the perspective makes
Reine is considered one of the most beautiful
places of Lofoten islands and should, of course, be on the list for your Lofoten
tour. He was even named the most beautiful place in the world. Although pure is
without question extremely picturesque, we have fallen in love with Hamnøy and
The classic photo stop is just left when you
turn to Reine before crossing the bridge. Breathtaking views from a bird’s eye
view promise a hike on the approximately 450 meters high Reinebringen,
which, however, steep and sometimes slightly slippery leads the mountain.
In Winter this hike is therefore not possible.
A good Alternative is a small Tour high up to the water reservoir on the right
before you turn off at the intersection to pure. From here you can also enjoy a
fantastic view of the fjords, curved bridges, and colorful wooden
The place itself is quiet. There are only a
handful of breakfast cafes and restaurants as well as a supermarket. For this
purpose, it is possible to enjoy wonderful Lofoten islands holidays in
the summer and explore the area in the Reinefjord ski or by bike. In Winter,
the surrounding ski slopes await you.
Another authentic fishing village lies on the
southern coast as you continue west. Already the ride through snow-covered
valleys, past giant rock walls and frozen lakes is spectacular. Also here in
Nusfjord you can spend the night in traditional fishing huts from the 18th and
19th centuries and enjoy the seclusion.
Almost 40 Rorbuer still exist in the village,
which is inhabited in Winter by fishermen. Nusfjord is one of the
best-preserved fishing villages of the Lofoten.
Our tip: in the agricultural trade, a mixed
goods shop, you will find all sorts of Mitbringsel, typical Norwegian sweater
or rain jackets. It used to be a meeting place for a chat and smaller
purchases. Next to it is a cozy Café with a fairy-tale view of the Fjord. A
rustic Restaurant is the Karoline, which unfortunately was closed during
our visit. And if you’re looking for accommodation here, choose Nusfjord
Leknes is located in the Southern Center of
Lofoten. We got there and started our exploration tour to the Western
Lofoten Islands. The place has not much to offer, except for the best
cinnamon snails of Lofoten and beautiful sunsets, if you go out on the E10 a
little and stop on the left at the small port. But that’s probably reason
enough for at least one stop, isn’t it?
In cinnamon buns-heaven in a Sans Og
If I had to name my favorite cafe on the
Lofoten, it would be this one. The atmosphere is incredibly homey and relaxed.
A bit of the Sans Og Samling reminds me of a Café like grandma’s living room in
Berlin. It is best to cuddle with a fine coffee and a super-delicious cinnamon
snail or one of the lunch dishes on one of the cozy Sofas. For us a Must-stop
for every Lofoten islands holidays.
On a coffee-stop at Huset Kafé
Nice Café with delicious coffee and a tempting
selection of cakes. Here you can also work wonderfully or, thanks to free Wi-Fi
in your travel planning to experiment. Especially recommended: feast the
hot chocolate with Marshmallows on the bench covered with skins and pillows.
You can also buy souvenirs typical of the country or a small souvenir for
yourself at the counter filled with goodies.
Once you’ve left the E10, the landscape
changes. The partly narrow road winds along the rocks, on the right side, are
smaller islands that rise from the Blue Ocean. In the end, a traffic light
stops the traffic noise. Only one bridge separates you from the Venice of
The cheerful fishing village of Henningsvær in Vestfjord
is spread over several small islands. Here you can simply drive through the
alleyways, passing the harbor, colorful street style and a handful of shops
with warm clothes and typical travel souvenirs. If you are interested in art,
visit the exhibition at the caviar Factory.
Between February and the end of April, there is
a high season in Henningsvær fishing. The last boats sail in the evening sun
with their fresh start to the port, which is already fully occupied this
season. A beautiful picture!
Cake feast in Henningsvær
You can hardly miss the Henningsvær Lysstøperi
and Cafe. It is located on the “main road”, which leads through a
clear place. In the afternoon, go to this cosy Café and let yourself be seduced
by the wide selection of cakes. Screw, Cheesecake or berry pie cinnamon: you
will be here to run the mouth water!
The end of the world-ok, not the world, but at
least the Lofoten, bears the simple name Å. 10 kilometers West of Reine, the
main road E10 ends here in a cul-de-SAC. Only about 100 inhabitants live in Å, which
means Bach. If you are interested in Norwegian fishing, you will get exciting
insights into this important part of Norwegian culture at the Norwegian
Fishing Village and Stockfisch Museum.
One of the reasons why we visited this
beautiful place was not its Potential for a postcard motif, but the bakery
Bakeries på Å, in which according to a traditional recipe seductive cinnamon
knots and delicious bread come directly from the old oven. Unfortunately, it
was closed during our visit. However, we did not regret the varied ride along
the panoramic road to the western end of Lofoten islands holidays!
Svolvær is the capital and largest city of
Lofoten. Hotels, supermarkets, a shopping mall, and numerous cafes and
restaurants are located here – also to welcome the guests of the Hurtigruten
at their landing. In Winter, between the beginning of September and the end of
March, from Svolvær excursions will be offered by boat, where you can at best
An attraction in Svolvær will certainly delight
you: the Magic Ice Bar including the ice gallery. Before you enter the
cold chamber at -6 degrees, you will be wrapped in a warm Poncho and gloves.
Inside you will find impressive works of art and even a slide made of ice.
On the Bar menu is Cocktails called
“Aurora Boreal”, “Arctic Fire” or ” Orca“
The entrance fee is NOK 195 (about 20 Euro). A
Welcome Drink with the typical Crow berries served in a glass of ice cream is
included. An unforgettable Arctic experience!
Our tip: from Svolvær you can make some highly
recommended tours, such as a sailing trip to Trollfjord, one of the most
famous fjords of Lofoten. On this fun Cruise, you can catch your fish for
lunch. Or maybe you want a Kayak adventure of the class? During this trip, you
paddle through some of the most beautiful fjords of Norway, namely at Skrova in
the little Hawaii of Lofoten islands holidays!
A 10-minute drive from Svolvær we have in the
most beautiful accommodation in Lofoten our home related to time. With
great attention to Detail, you live at the Nyvagar Rorbu hotel in a cosy
atmosphere on a quiet Fjord.
The restaurant serves hot waffles and coffee in
the afternoon, fine fish dishes and other local specialties in the evening. And
best of all: there is a Sauna with a sea view and access to the cold wet. I
didn’t let myself take it and jumped in after I had heated up properly.
Gorgeous, and not even so cold!